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Authorities issue warrant for Ronaldo’s DNA in rape investigation


Las Vegas authorities have sent a warrant to collect DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo to discover whether it matches traces found on a dress belonging to Kathryn Mayorga .

Mayorga has said Ronaldo raped her in a hotel room in 2009 , KweseESPN reports.

A statement issued Thursday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the warrant has been sent to authorities in Italy , where the five- time Ballon d’ Or winner plays for league leaders Juventus.

“ The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence , ” the statement read .

The department said it would not provide any additional information at this time .

Ronaldo’ s lawyer , Peter S. Christiansen , issued a statement on behalf of the Portugal international , saying , “ Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained , as he does today , that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature , so it is not surprising that DNA would be present , nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation. ”

Police in Las Vegas confirmed in October they had reopened a criminal investigation at Mayorga’ s request .

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